U.S. Senators Letter to U.S. Marshals Service by Big3News

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 Contact: Leslie Phillips
 (202) 224-2627
 04:54 PM
 Press Release
 Washington, D.C.
 August 19, 2010

     LIEBERMAN, COLLINS QUESTION WHY SCANNED BODY IMAGES WERE
     STORED BY U.S. MARSHALS GUARDING U.S. COURTHOUSE IN FLORIDA

        Send letter with Four other Senators demanding full
                            explanation
 By: Sen. Joe Lieberman

         WASHINGTON – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe
  Lieberman, ID-Conn., and Ranking Member Susan Collins, R-Me., sent a letter Thursday to John F.
  Clark, Director of the U.S. Marshals Service, asking for a full explanation about why the service has
  been storing images produced from whole body scanning machines taken at a U.S. Courthouse in
                                           Orlando, Florida.

       Joining them in the letter were Senators Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii; Thomas Carper, D-Del.;
 Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.; and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.

        From February 2010 through July 2010, the U.S. Marshals Service stored more than 35,000
 images from whole body imaging scans taken at the Orlando federal courthouse. The Senators
 noted in their letter that the Marshals Service’s response to this revelation was “troubling” and that
 they are seeking “a full explanation as to why the U.S. Marshals Service was saving images from
 whole body imaging scans at the federal courthouse in Orlando.” In addition, the letter requests
 that the service “identify any other locations where the U.S. Marshals Service is using whole body
 imaging technology, whether or not the images from scans taken at any of those locations are also
 being stored, and, if they are being stored, the reasons for retaining these images.”

           The full text of the letter, sent today, follows:



                                                    August 19, 2010



 The Honorable John F. Clark

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 Director

 U.S. Marshals Service

 U.S. Department of Justice

 Washington, D.C. 20530-1000



  Dear Director Clark:



 We are writing because we are disturbed by recent reports that the U.S. Marshals Service has been
 storing the images produced from scans taken at a U.S. courthouse in Orlando, Florida. Advanced
 Imaging Technology (AIT) has the potential to serve as an important screening tool at security
 checkpoints as it is able to identify concealed weapons, explosives, and other dangerous items that
 would likely go undetected by a traditional metal detector. There is understandable concern,
 however, over the privacy protections in place for AIT devices, as they are able to scan through
 clothing and capture detailed images of the bodies of those who are scanned.

 The media reported last week that, from February 2010 through July 2010, the U.S. Marshals
 Service stored more than 35,000 images from whole body imaging scans taken at the Orlando
 federal courthouse. In response to these reports, a U.S. Marshals supervisor was quoted in the
 Orlando Sentinel as saying that “everyone knows they’re being recorded when they come into the
 courthouse,” because of all the security cameras, and that “the images [from the scans] are not saved
 for any specific purpose” (emphasis added). This is a troubling response that suggests the U.S.
 Marshals Service has failed to fully appreciate the seriousness of the issue. The perception of whole
 body imaging scans differs greatly from that of security camera footage, and therefore demands a
 higher level of sensitivity to the legitimate privacy concerns of those being scanned.

 We request that you provide us with a full explanation as to why the U.S. Marshals Service was
 saving images from whole body imaging scans at the federal courthouse in Orlando. We also
 request that you identify any other locations where the U.S. Marshals Service is using whole body
 imaging technology, whether or not the images from scans taken at any of those locations are also
 being stored, and, if they are being stored, the reasons for retaining these images.

 As you probably are aware, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has employed
 protocols for the use of AIT that includes a prohibition on the storage or retention of images from
 whole body imaging scans in most circumstances. We urge the U.S. Marshals Service to examine
 and adopt privacy protocols at least as strong as those adopted by TSA, which includes a prohibition
 on the storage or retention of images from whole body scans, and a prohibition on the transmission
 of these images by any other electronic device. We also encourage you to consider the use of
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 automatic target recognition (ATR) software with all AITs. This auto-detection software addresses
 many of the privacy concerns raised by the AITs by eliminating the need for a federal security
 official to view the images generated by scans. ATR is already in use at Schiphol International
 Airport in Amsterdam and is currently being reviewed by TSA for use in U.S. airports. Computer-
 based auto-detection technology, which identifies potentially threatening objects on a person using a
 featureless human body outline to highlight those areas of the individual that may require further
 inspection, would go a long way to address the legitimate privacy concerns many Americans have
 regarding whole body imaging technology.



                                                        Sincerely,




           Joseph I. Lieberman                                                 Susan M. Collins

           United States Senator                                               United States Senator




           Daniel H. Akaka                                                    Thomas R. Carper

           United States Senator                                           United States Senator




           Saxby Chambliss                                                     Johnny Isakson

           United States Senator                                           United States Senator



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